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ELC Annual 2022

Where Engineering Leaders Build True Connections

At ELC Annual, we prioritize deep conversations & meaningful connections over everything else. Through an interactive & immersive experience each attendee will have the chance to engage with others through intimate, curated sessions ranging from 1:1 meetings to peer learning groups, and collaborative roundtables to classroom-style speaking sessions.

Speakers
Cal Henderson
Cal Henderson
Co-founder & CTO @ Slack
Mira Murati
Mira Murati
CTO @ OpenAI
Megan Kacholia
Megan Kacholia
VP of Engineering @ Google
Naveen Gavini
Naveen Gavini
SVP, Products @ Pinterest
Annie Cheng
Annie Cheng
VP of Engineering @ Waymo
Mike Tria
Mike Tria
Head of Engineering @ Atlassian
Fatemeh Alavizadeh
Fatemeh Alavizadeh
Head of Core Product Engineering @ Notion
Dan Sturman
Dan Sturman
CTO @ Roblox
Anique Drumright
Anique Drumright
VP of Product @ Loom
Vinod Marur
Vinod Marur
SVP of Engineering @ Databricks
Oksana Kubushyna
Oksana Kubushyna
VP of Entertainment Operations @ RiotGames
Sri Viswanath
Sri Viswanath
General Partner @ Coatue Management
Claire Hough
Claire Hough
CTO @ Getlabs
Tom Adams
Tom Adams
Head of Engineering @ Cash App
Lindsey Simon
Lindsey Simon
VP of Engineering @ Vercel
Lisa Gelobter
Lisa Gelobter
CEO and Founder @ tEQuitable
Wei Gao
Wei Gao
Venture Partner @ Madrona Venture Group
Andrew Lau
Andrew Lau
CEO @ Jellyfish
Ashley Puls
Ashley Puls
VP of Engineering @ New Relic
Navin Chaddha
Navin Chaddha
Managing Director @ Mayfield Fund
Vijay Karunamurthy
Vijay Karunamurthy
Head of Engineering @ Scale AI
Prachi Gupta
Prachi Gupta
VP of Engineering @ Discord
Ludo Antonov
Ludo Antonov
VP of Engineering @ Whatnot
Alon Levi
Alon Levi
VP of Engineering @ WorkOS
Nikil Viswanathan
Nikil Viswanathan
Co-Founder and CEO @ Alchemy
Dylan Etkin
Dylan Etkin
CEO & Co-Founder @ Sleuth
Preeti Kaur
Preeti Kaur
VP of Engineering @ Carta
Alamelu Radhakrishnan
Alamelu Radhakrishnan
VP Engineering, Product Delivery @ Homebase
Dheeraj Pandey
Dheeraj Pandey
CEO @ DevRev
Kalpana Jogi
Kalpana Jogi
Sr. Director Of Engineering @ Lyft
Khawaja Shams
Khawaja Shams
Co-Founder & CEO @ Momento
Xiao Guo
Xiao Guo
SVP of Engineering @ Bolt
Michael Grinich
Michael Grinich
CEO and Founder @ WorkOS
Jeff Chang
Jeff Chang
Head of Growth Engineering @ Whatnot
Anand Oswal
Anand Oswal
SVP and GM, Network Security @ Palo Alto Networks
Arezoo Riahi
Arezoo Riahi
Head of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity @ Waymo
Jonathon Hensley
Jonathon Hensley
CEO and Chief Creative Officer @ EMERGE
Nidhi Gupta
Nidhi Gupta
CEO & Co-Founder @ divhersity
Jeff Gabriel
Jeff Gabriel
SVP Engineering @ DataRobot
Sapta Girisa
Sapta Girisa
Senior Director of Technology @ Capgemini Engineering
Ali Irturk
Ali Irturk
Vice President of Engineering @ CommerceHub
Andrew Fong
Andrew Fong
Founder and CEO @ Prodvana
Brad Henrickson
Brad Henrickson
Executive Coach @ Henrickson Leadership
Jordan Adler
Jordan Adler
Head of Developer Engineering @ OneSignal
Srinath Kuruvadi
Srinath Kuruvadi
Head of Cloud Security @ Netflix
Aaron Erickson
Aaron Erickson
Co-Founder and CEO @ Orgspace
Bin Liu
Bin Liu
Head of Creators Engineering @ Pinterest
Chris Chiu
Chris Chiu
Director of Engineering - Collaboration @ Figma
Harry McCracken
Harry McCracken
Global Technology Editor @ Fast Company
Maria Kazandjieva
Maria Kazandjieva
Co-Founder @ Graft
Randall Koutnik
Randall Koutnik
Software Engineer @ Jellyfish
Mike Tria
Mike Tria
Head of Engineering @ Atlassian
Annie Cheng
Annie Cheng
VP of Engineering @ Waymo
Lisa Gelobter
Lisa Gelobter
Founder and CEO @ tEQuitable
Dheeraj Pandey
Dheeraj Pandey
CEO @ DevRev
Nikil Viswanathan
Nikil Viswanathan
Co-Founder and CEO @ Alchemy
Duncan Hewett
Duncan Hewett
VP of Product @ Bugsnag
Roger Luo
Roger Luo
Co-founder and Managing Parnter @ ELC Angels
Cathy Polinsky
Cathy Polinsky
CTO @ DataGrail
Chris Pruett
Chris Pruett
Co-Founder and CTO @ Jam
Brian Ge
Brian Ge
Head of Mobile Engineering @ Procore Technologies
Agenda
Oct 27
Oct 28
Track View
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Breaks & Networking
9:25 AM, PDT
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10:10 AM, PDT
Room 1
Fireside Chat
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How to Do an Effective Reorg

What works today may not work tomorrow – and that includes your org structure. Whether your business is adapting to external trends or company-led initiatives, engineering groups are often the largest group impacted by a reorg, so it’s important to get it right. Reorgs are hard. Some are done too quickly. Some are done too slowly. Some should not be done at all.

In the past decade, Atlassian has reorganized around big bets including its cloud transformation and goal to become a $10 billion company. Mike Tria, Head of Engineering at Atlassian, has played a pivotal role in leading several successful (and unsuccessful) reorgs impacting thousands of engineers.

In this session, Mike will share his tips on understanding when a reorg might be needed, how to partner with cross-functional stakeholders, how to plan and communicate an effective reorg, and how to know if you did it right.

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Mike Tria
Aaron Erickson
10:20 AM, PDT
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11:05 AM, PDT
Room 1
Fireside Chat
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Becoming a Force Multiplier

In this session, we explore the leadership journey of Cal Henderson and the different ways he had to evolve as “force multiplier” through the different phases and scales at Slack. We cover the early days of eng leadership at Slack, different inflection points / phases & scales at Slack where Cal needed to scale-up or transform his approach to leadership, and how “thinking like an engineer” helped him become a force multiplier for the company. Plus we discuss debugging management (and other topics).

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Cal Henderson
Maria Kazandjieva
11:15 AM, PDT
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12:00 PM, PDT
Room 1
Panel Discussion
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Making Bold Decisions and Taking Risks in Your Career — The Journeys of 3 Women Leaders

How to combat imposter syndrome and build the project of your dreams. What would you do if you were not afraid? Studies show that women tend to be more cautious and less self-assured than men in their career decisions. Fear of imperfection, being not able to live up to the expectations of the job, or making mistakes is what often holds us back. But growing in your career requires taking risks. Every successful leader has stories about how their failures led to their success, but sometimes we forget that process happens at every stage of our careers, and in every part of the organization as well as outside of it — in our day-to-day lives. In this session, our panelists — influential women leaders in tech — will talk about how overcoming fears, accepting risks, and making bolder moves have helped them excel in their careers.

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Annie Cheng
Lisa Gelobter
Claire Hough
Arezoo Riahi
1:00 PM, PDT
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1:45 PM, PDT
Room 1
Panel Discussion
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The Journey to Building DevFirst and Web3 Platforms

The last two years have been monumental in terms of the impact current events have had on modern business. But even before the impetus of COVID-19, there was already a more fundamental transformation taking place with the rise of the developer. Every industry is turning digital, and every company needs the best software to win the hearts and minds of customers.

Join us for a discussion with Navin Chaddha, Managing Director at Mayfield, Dheeraj Pandey, Co-Founder & CEO at DevRev and former Founder, CEO & Chairman at Nutanix, and Nikil Viswanathan, Co-Founder & CEO at Alchemy for a discussion on dev-first, product-led growth, and web3 trends. What kinds of platforms and business models are thriving in today’s modern cloud-first companies? Where do developers come into the picture? And what will lead the way tomorrow?

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Dheeraj Pandey
Nikil Viswanathan
Navin Chaddha
1:55 PM, PDT
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2:40 PM, PDT
Room 1
Fireside Chat
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Why ML Ops Is the Unsung Super Hero of AI Success

According to Gartner, only 53% of machine learning proofs of concept (POC) are ever scaled to production. Even fewer manage to deliver the intended and measurable business value. On the bright side, Gartner projects that by 2024, 75% of enterprises will shift from piloting to operationalizing AI, driving a 5x increase in streaming data and analytics infrastructures.

Machine learning ops (ML Ops) is a practice and methodology for preparing, deploying and managing machine learning models in production. Productizing ML Ops is hard, but in reality, it’s a requirement for AI scalability and success.

In this Q&A session, Sapta Girisa, Senior Director at Lohika and Capgemini Engineering will discuss key considerations for ML Ops, why it’s essential to AI scalability and how to accelerate your AI engineering.

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Sapta Girisa
Roger Luo
2:50 PM, PDT
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3:35 PM, PDT
Room 1
Panel Discussion
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Building For Enterprise

Building for enterprise customers is typically complex, time-consuming and can distract your team for weeks, months, or even years. Important deals can slip through your fingers as your grapple with strict requirements and demands from Enterprise IT admins. Learn more about what it means for your product to be "Enterprise Ready" with features like SSO and Audit Logs.

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Michael Grinich
Lindsey Simon
Alon Levi
3:45 PM, PDT
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4:30 PM, PDT
Room 1
Fireside Chat
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From Engineering Leader to Venture Investor

This session covers the career journey of Sri Viswanath, General Partner at Coatue and previous CTO of Atlassian, from engineering leader to venture and the lessons he’s learned along the way. Sri will share stories of the pivotal learning moments from his early career navigating the transition from IC to executive leadership, and insights from leading across small and large scale companies. He will also discuss how he translated his experience as an engineering leader into a career as a venture investor - and what you can do now to prepare yourself for a successful transition into a career in investing.

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Sri Viswanath
Cathy Polinsky
Event has finished
October 27, 6:00 AM, PDT (Event Time Zone)
Location
2 Marina Blvd, Festival Pavilion - Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA, USA
Event has finished
October 27, 6:00 AM, PDT (Event Time Zone)
Location
2 Marina Blvd, Festival Pavilion - Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA, USA